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Historical distribution of estuarine wetlands at Kurnell Penisula, Botany Bay

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M J Evans ,

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Environmental Science, University of Wollongong Wollongong, NSW 2522
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R J Williams

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NSW Fisheries Office of Conservation Cronulla Fisheries Centre P.O. Box 21, Cronulla, NSW 2230
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Abstract

Estuarine wetlands are important habitats for fish and birds and information concerning changes to their distribution is required to aid management decisions. Analysis of a series of aerial photographs taken between 1856 and 1996 showed a substantial increase in area of mangrove (39.5 ha, 33%) and woodland (67.6 ha, 60%) in an estuarine wetlands on the eastern side of Quibray Bay Kurnell. Simultaneously, saltmarsh vegetation decreased by a substantial amount (62.4 ha, 79%). These changes in vegetation coverage appear to be related to landuse on the Kurnell Penisula, particulary an increase in industrialization and urbanization over the last 50 years.
How to Cite: Evans, M.J. and Williams, R.J., 2010. Historical distribution of estuarine wetlands at Kurnell Penisula, Botany Bay. Wetlands Australia, 19(2), pp.61–71. DOI: http://doi.org/10.31646/wa.238
Published on 08 Jan 2010.
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